Rangers sign netminder Henrik Lundqvist to seven-year extension

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The New York Rangers have signed goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to a seven-year contract extension worth $59.5 million, making him the highest paid netminder in the NHL.

With an annual average earning of $8.5 million per season, the 31-year-old Lundqvist overtakes Boston’s Tuukka Rask and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne, who have cap hits of $7 million next season. The contract also includes a full no-move clause.

“Since his arrival in New York in 2005, Henrik has consistently been one of the elite goaltenders in the NHL,” Rangers general manager Glen Sather said. “He is a proud representative of the tradition and class of this organization and we are excited to have him remain as a cornerstone of the franchise.”

“It was never an option for me to leave this club,” said Lundqvist, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent following the 2013-14 season. “I really want to win the Cup here in New York.”

Lundqvist is 8-11-0 with a 2.51 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in 20 games. He won at least 30 games in each of his first seven NHL seasons, and in 2012-13 tied for the League lead with 24 wins in 48 games.

Lundqvist won the Vezina Trophy in 2011-12 after going 39-18-5 and finishing in the top four in the League in wins, GAA (1.97), save percentage (.930) and shutouts (eight).

Now in his ninth season, Lundqvist is second on the Rangers’ all-time wins list with 284, 17 shy of Mike Richter’s mark of 301. His 47 shutouts are two behind Ed Giacomin’s club-record 49. He has a 2.26 GAA and .920 save percentage in 531 games.

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